February 11 Public Talk: Why Artists Love Aesop
Program begins at 2 PM in the Abbott Lecture Hall

Join us for a free public talk presented by Fr. Greg Carlson, S.J., Associate Professor of Theology and Literature, Creighton University. Program begins at 2 pm in Joslyn's Abbott Lecture Hall. Celebrating the special exhibition, I See that Fable Differently: Selections from Creighton University's Carlson Collection
 
"Why Artists Love Aesop" presented by Fr. Greg Carlson, S.J., Creighton University

Artists have loved Aesop's fables since antiquity. For some, fables were a stepping-stone in developing their art.  Others welcomed the chance to illustrate them at the height of their career, as the challenge of visually presenting morals and human situations truly showcased their artistic skill.  Like the writers and readers of fables, artists throughout the ages continually seek to discover new things happening in these timeless stories.

What's pictured: "The Ox and the Frog," from The Fables of Aesop and Others Translated into Human Nature, 1857, designed and drawn on wood by Charles H. Bennett, engraved by Swain, handcolored by the publisher (Hardbound. London: W.Kent & Co.). The story concerns a from that tries to inflate itself to the size of an ox, but bursts in the attempt.

Rev. Gregory I. Carlson, S.J., is Associate Professor of Theology and Literature in Creighton University's College of Arts and Sciences.  With a doctorate in Latin, reek, and Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Fr. Carlson has spoken and written extensively on Vergil's Aeneid, Homer's Odyssey, Roman poetry, and a variety of subjects connected with Aesop's fables.

On Thursday, February 8, join us for gallery hop! From 5–6:30 pm, stop by Creighton's Lied Art Gallery (2500 California Plaza) to view Thundering Tortoises and Horrified Hares: Aesop's Fables in Popular Culture, a complementary exhibition drawn from the Carlson Collection, curated by Creighton students. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar, and see what happens when Aesop meets pop culture! Joslyn's exhibition, I See That Fable Differently, will be open until 8 pm (cash bar begins at 5 pm). Fr. Greg Carlson will be on hand to visit with guests at the Museum after 6:30 pm.